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Beaches near Fukushima plant still open despite contamination

Beaches near Fukushima plant still open despite contamination
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Beaches near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan remain open despite growing concerns over the large amount of contaminated water that has leaked from the crippled facility.

The Japanese government is joining efforts to contain a buildup at the plant by using state funds to freeze the soil to prevent an estimated 270 tons of groundwater from leaking into the reactor buildings every day.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company or TEPCO, which operates the plant, has promised it will urgently reinforce the protective shields.

The country’s nuclear watchdog has described the situation as an “emergency.”

Blair Thornton, a Professor at Tokyo University, said that they “didn’t know” that there were “high concentration deposits” so it would be “necessary to perform more surveys of marine creatures.”

TEPCO has been heavily criticised for its handling of the crisis since the earthquake and tsunami in 2011 that damaged the nuclear plant.